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Part of the project includes the construction of 20 kilometres of service roads linking to the expressway, 8 kilometres of auxiliary roads, 12 kilometres of interchange loops and five underpasses, bringing the total length to 63 kilometres.

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The Uganda National Roads Authority says that complaints, some of which are filed by people with personal interest, are delaying the construction of another four-lane expressway linking Busega in Kampala to Mpigi district.

The 23.7 kilometre Mpigi expressway is another mega road project intended to decongest Kampala and ease transport by reducing on traffic and travel time.

Part of the project includes the construction of 20 kilometres of service roads linking to the expressway, 8 kilometres of auxiliary roads, 12 kilometres of interchange loops and five underpasses, bringing the total length to 63 kilometres.

In 2016, the government signed a 542 billion Shillings loan agreement with the African Development Bank towards the cost of Multinational Uganda/Rwanda: Busega - Mpigi and Kagitumba - Kayonza - Rusumo Roads Project. Part of the proceeds of the loans where to be applied to eligible payments under the contract for the construction of Busega - Mpigi Expressway.

Although the process to secure a civil works contractor had begun and the civil works had been projected to begin early this year, the process encountered several setbacks based on complaints from whistleblowers and mini reviews.

Allan Ssempebwa, the UNRA media manager, says UNRA is still dealing with piles of complaints from whistleblowers.

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The latest whistleblower wrote to the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA), UNRA and to the African Development Bank complaining about the procurement process and the bad record of some companies.

Ssempebwa says that UNRA is addressing the allegations and they have since filed a defence to be submitted to the African Development Bank. He adds that although the process has been delayed, they are trying to make strides and currently they are at the tail end of the procurement process.

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Currently, the authority has embarked on the Topographic mapping, traffic surveys, material investigation, environment and social impact assessment of the areas to be affected by the project. Ssempebwa adds that the UNRA team is also updating the list of project affected persons to fast-track the compensation process.

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The Mpigi Expressway will have four major interchanges at Nabbingo, Nsangi, Maya and Lugala will allow connection with the Northern Kampala Bypass Highway, the Entebbe - Kampala Expressway. The 9.5 Kilometres section between Kibuye and Busega is to be expanded by China Communications Construction Company-CCCC with funding from the Exim Bank of China, once CCCC has completed the Entebbe-Kampala Expressway.

Another expressway's to be constructed under the public-private partnership including Entebbe expressway which is yet to be completed, Kampala-Jinja expressway, Kampala-Busunju expressway, Kampala-Busega-Mpigi expressway, Kampala outer belt and Kampala-Bombo expressway which will all be tolled. 

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